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EDITOR-IN CHIEF

Kim Wadsworth

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Mia Byrd

ART DIRECTOR

Ashley Grove Mars

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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS EDITORIAL

Ross Costanza Harry Gerwien Grant & Deb Perry David Schwartz Eleise Theuer Malie Osborn WHITE ALBUM

Images in Light Josiah & Steph Photography Stellar Exposures STYLIZED SHOOT

Erika Mills David Schwartz

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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ADVERTISING DIRECTOR

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ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROSS COSTANZA Exuding vibrant beauty, Cover Girl Morgan Wessels gets fun and flirty wearing a detachable silk mikado overskirt with bow perfectly paired with classic ‘Trudy’ Pronovias gown with tulle embroidered lace bateau neckline and camisole bodice with open back detail. Both $3,089. from Pure English Couture Bridal, a House of Maya Bridal Salon. Pear-shaped crystal drop earring with pearl detail $122. by Bling! from Maya Couture, a House of Maya Bridal Salon. Peony, rose and lisianthus floral bouquet and berry, herb and succulent wreath designed by Lasting Impressions Florist. Fashion Styling by Mia Byrd of Prowess Creative Consulting. Hair Design by Tamra Hollowell for Tamra Hollowell Salon. Makeup by Erika “Elle” Girard for Tamra Hollowell Salon.


in this issue VOW BRIDE SPRING/SUMMER 2016

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LIFESTYLE

34 | Sheer Delight The love of transparency and sheer illusion makes for romantic looks as lace, organza and tiers of tulle reign supreme.

73 | Love Letters Sentiments of love shared on your wedding day accompany a special gift to have and to hold.

46 | Honeymoon Swoon Chill and luxuriate in style on your honeymoon– you deserve this wellearned getaway.

74 | Pros in the Know We asked three top professionals to share some industry secrets for having the best rentals, music and food at their wedding.

54 | It’s Only Fitting Finding undergarments that are sexy, luxurious and offer ample support for strapless gowns is just a fit away.

88 | Workout Wonders Three brides choose different options to get fit for their wedding day.

60 | Wait and Switch Brides seeking different looks on their wedding day have multiple options to add and subtract for all-day allure.

STYLIZED FEATURES

78 | Enchanted Rendezvous Stylized woodland wonderment meets romantic intrigue deep in the heart of nature at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 96 | Sea Siren An intimate seashore wedding, inspired by passion in paradise, offers unique beachfront elements set in nature.

BEAUTY

70 | Finding Face Most brides have a beauty vision of how they want to look on their wedding day. Our guest makeup artists weigh in on the Faces of Vow created for this issue.

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The White Album 14 | Brittany & Alisdair 18 | Agata & Jenny 22 | Ashley & Matt 26 | Scene & Heard 28 | Adored Foraging for favorite gifts gets fun when there’s a theme in mind. 100 | Aisle Style 106 | SNAP! Shots Group hugs with family and friends makes for the best visual souvenir. vowbride.com 9


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FROM THE EDITOR

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fter years writing about weddings, I’ve witnessed many trends in the bridal world. This year, so many new ideas have gained popularity that I decided to list some favorite things I’ve learned from couples planning their big day:  #memorablephrases are just a Wedding Hashtag away. Couples and their guests anxious to share the details of the day on Instagram and Twitter dream up a clever ‘play on words and names’ to symbolize their day.  Engagement photos are the favored opportunity to get to know your photographer; practice your romantic moves together; state the theme of your wedding; get in your beauty trial run; and put that Save-the-Date on everyone’s calendar– all in one session.  Dreaming up- and saving up- for the most exotic Honeymoon Plan. Couples are researching and choosing hot spots around the world to decompress and celebrate their love. They’re looking for adventure, luxury and a much-deserved getaway as the ‘icing on their cake.’  Writing their vows has become a shared decision. Personal, lighthearted and endearing, couples are putting their commitment in writing, using their own vernacular and personal references to make it all the more real.  Brides are finally admitting that Wedding Planning is a huge undertaking and that regardless of how far ahead they begin, it can’t be done without the help of a professional planner; or at 10 vowbride.com

least a day-of coordinator.  Sweets and treats are a favorite at weddings. It’s no longer just about the cake and a take home favor. Dessert tables, Candy Bars, and interactive themed bars featuring s’mores, sundaes, decorated donuts, dessert food trucks and more are keeping the Sugar Love at an all time high.  Saying ‘Yes’ to a dress isn’t just a visit to a bridal store. Brides-to-be follow favored designers for years; watch runway reports; and decide on silhouettes, fabrics and details years before being engaged. The only thing that has remained a constant: brides always know it’s ‘the dress’ when they put it on and see their vision come to life.  At Vow Bride, we’re always dreaming up new ways to help you make your wedding day come to life. This issue is packed with fashion ideas from gorgeous gowns, luxe lingerie to honeymoon wear that winds it all down. Beauty ideas inspire; and some industry favorites help you navigate through choosing music to rentals and menu must-haves. Most importantly, celebrate an exciting year of wedding options as you prep for the most exciting event of your life. It’s always the perfect time to wed. Kim Wadsworth, Editor-in-Chief  Kim@kimwadsworth.com WadsworthStyle

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contributors ROSS COSTANZA

HARRY GERWIEN

ERIKA MILLS

MALIE OSBORN

A Hampton Roads-based photographer providing classic portraiture and candid images, Ross Costanza combines his passion for details with scenic backdrops. This husband-wife team shows off their talent in, “Wait and Switch,” where ‘add and subtract’ fun is captured in our cover fashion editorial. They capture the beauty of love of their clients’ wedding day and also own The Traveling Photobooth. To learn more about this photography team visit rosscostanza.com

With an insatiable passion for people, adventure and photography, you’re bound to catch a blur of Harry Gerwien zipping around in his Mini Cooper. His cameras have photographed Presidents, Queens and Rock Stars. He has visited 59 countries, including expeditions to the North and South Poles. In this issue, Harry photographs our regular features “Adored” and “Love Letters.” To learn more about his work, contact Harry at harry. gerwien@militarynews.com

Erika Mills is a wedding photographer nestled in Virginia Beach. She documents legacies in their most sincere moments for couples who completely adore each other. Her stylized editorial, “Sea Siren” takes place on a favorite location, the beach. Most days she can be found chasing her husband and two boys around the beach; or leading a small monthly group of creatives for the Rising Tide Society. See more of her style at erikamillsphotography.com

Canadian native Malie Osborn is the creative mind and curator of Marie Violet Photography & Pillow Talk Boudoir. A romantic at heart who loves to capture images full of beauty and emotion, she aims to make every woman–and couple– feel and look breathtaking. She has contributed editorial work to Vow Bride on numerous occasions. In this issue, Malie shows off her ability to capture intimate moments in, “It’s Only Fitting.” To view her work, visit marievioletphotography.com

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DAVID SCHWARTZ

ELEISE THEUER

With eighteen years of combined experience, Grant and Deb Perry are an awardwinning husband and wife photography team specializing in wedding, lifestyle and commercial photography. Regularly featured in Vow Bride and based in Hampton Roads, they travel the globe and right here at home to capture the most important and happiest story of their clients lives. Discover more of their artistry at GrantDeb.com

David Schwartz has been photographing couples in Hampton Roads for 11 years. His work has graced Vow Bride many times. For this issue, David captured a stylized shoot at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens called, “Enchanted Rendezvous.” When not photographing weddings, David enjoys shooting lifestyle work with his film cameras and hanging out with his family and Italian Greyhound. View more of his award-winning work at davidschwartzphotography.com

A wedding and portrait photographer based in Norfolk, Eleise Theuer has been shooting professionally for over 20 years and has photographed hundreds of families, over 500 weddings and a number of Vow Bride editorials. Her passion shows in her images for her editorial, “Honeymoon Swoon.” Her work has been published in Brides Magazine, Modern Bride, Town and Country Weddings and The Knot. See more at eleisetheuerphotography.com

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Brittany Hall & Alisdair Gavan

05.16.15 n CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART, NORFOLK n PHOTOS BY IMAGES IN LIGHT BY ASHLEY GROVE MARS The elegant Chrysler Museum of Art was the setting for the jubilant and exquisite wedding of Peninsula-native bride, Brittany and Al - her prince from ‘across the pond.’ Even though the bride and groom live in the UK, the execution of the formal affair was exquisite thanks to Brittany’s mom. A sea of black, white and gold was embellished with stunning arrangements of white peonies, and who could forget the spectacular crystal curtain that hung in the atrium? In lieu of favors, Brittany and Al made a donation to Miriam’s Kitchen Homeless Advocacy Organization. From the personal touches of an iconic English postbox (to collect cards) to the ‘Best Dancer Award’ (which went to the bride’s Godmother “Boo”), this evening swept the couple into a magical whirlwind they will never forget.

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VENUE The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk COORDINATOR CMT Events PHOTOGRAPHER Images in Light GOWN DESIGNER Justin Alexander BRIDAL SHOES Karen Millen BRIDESMAID DRESSES Badgley Mischka MAKEUP ARTIST & HAIR STYLIST Kristal Lane RINGS GA Payne and Son GROOMS ATTIRE Jim’s Formal Wear INVITATIONS Paperless Post FLORAL DESIGN Palette of Petals CATERER Cuisine & Company CAKE Patti Cakes BAND Tidewater Drive LIGHTING Stage Right vowbride.com 15


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WHITE ALBUM

Agata Nowak & Jennifer Biles

08.22.15 n OCEANAIRE RESORT HOTEL, VIRGINIA BEACH n PHOTOS BY STELLAR EXPOSURES Agata and Jenny’s magical and intimate wedding was pure perfection, surrounded by two families – American and Polish – becoming one. The two met through mutual friends and had their first date at Waterman’s, not knowing they would later tie the knot just blocks away. Both brides wore classy lace gowns, while their maids wore matching dresses in lavender and coral. They included personal touches in a stunning floral arch, custom monogram light on the beach including the words “Kocham Cie” meaning, “I Love You” in Polish. Agata and Jenny ‘let love shine’ on their special day and left the party with a beautiful sparkler send off.

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VENDORS

VENUE 10th Floor Sun Deck at the Oceanaire Resort Hotel in Virginia Beach COORDINATOR Uniquely Inspired Events: Beth Tellier & Devon Miller PHOTOGRAPHER: Stellar Exposures VIDEOGRAPHER: Delta Studio Productions OFFICIANT Cory Newell GOWN DESIGNER (BOTH) Wtoo BRIDAL SHOES Agata: Gianni Bini; Jenny: Caparros BRIDESMAID DRESSES After Six MAKEUP ARTIST BridesMade by Kim Wadsworth: Vania Oshea HAIR STYLIST BridesMade by Kim Wadsworth: Yolanda Wright INVITATIONS Wedding Paper Divas RINGS Jenny: Either Ore Jewelers; Agata: Madison Jewelers FLORAL DESIGN Jeff’s Flowers Of Course CATERER Oceanaire Resort Hotel CAKE/DONUTS Incredible Edible Bakery & Dough Joe’s DJ Colonial DJ’s: Howard “Howie” Alexander LIGHTING Stage Right Lighting CEREMONY MUSIC “Over the Rainbow” - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole vowbride.com 19


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WHITE ALBUM

Ashley Cottle & Matthew Eberhardt 04.26.15 n VIRGINIA ZOO, NORFOLK PHOTOS BY JOSIAH & STEPH PHOTOGRAPHY

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Ashley and Matt’s vintage wedding affair was set in the lush gardens of the Virginia Zoo. Inspired by sweet and intimate details, just-picked floral bouquets, family heirlooms and lots of handmade decorations enhanced the charming the setting. The couple, who both studied at Regent University, met while on class trip to New York - only after Matt’s Gameboy died and he had no choice but to talk to Ashley on the drive. A year-and-a-half later on their anniversary, Matt proposed during a romantic picnic at First Landing State Park - while their photographers captured the whole event from afar. Ashley wore a lace, fit and flare gown with a scalloped, sweetheart neckline. From the African Okavango Delta to the Bamboo Gardens of Asia, the couple knows that love has no boundaries.


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CEREMONY VENUE Virginia Zoo, Rose Garden RECEPTION VENUE Virginia Zoo, Pavilion COORDINATOR Charlotte Austin and Joshua Hillman GOWN DESIGNER Jim Hjelm PHOTOGRAPHER Josiah & Steph Photography HAIR STYLIST Debbie Demanche MAKEUP ARTIST Kate Shelton STATIONERY Etsy & handmade FLOWERS Norfolk Florist Wholesale CAKE Carolina Cupcakery RINGS Etsy DJ Shane Dollar vowbride.com 23


THE PERFECT SETTING FOR ALL OCCASIONS.

White sails above the entrance to the Hampton Roads Convention Center provide a visual reminder of the first settlers to arrive here by sea over 400 years ago. Today, visitors travel to this impressive facility to celebrate in surroundings as inspirational as they are functional. Settings for social events don’t come any more impressive than the Hampton Roads Convention Center. And even though the structure is big—really big— we take extra care to mind all of the little details for you. Whether you’re inviting a few dozen people or a few hundred, we can create a customized event that suits your style and your budget. So when you begin planning your special day, choose the Hampton Roads Convention Center for a truly memorable experience.

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• Flexible space accommodates social events of all sizes • Dedicated catering manager provides personal attention to every aspect of your event • Custom catering menus created specifically for you • Serene reflecting pools and 20’ colorful LED light display at the main entrance • Outdoor terrace overlooking fountains for receptions • Frequently voted Hampton Roads Magazine’s “Best Banquet Facility” For additional information contact: Shannon Perry Assistant General Manager/Director of Sales 757-315-1622 sperry@thehrcc.com Hampton Roads Convention Center 1610 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA 23666 www.thehrcc.com

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scene heard MAKING A HOUSE A HOME

Start your new life together by blending the old with the new. Decorum Furniture offers contemporary style furnishings, unique designs and a vast selection of accessories to transform your new house together into a home. From bedroom to dining room; to the rug that pulls it all together, Decorum offers great design for merging tastes. Discover unique ideas and registry items at The Gift Shop at Decorum where gifts for your wedding party and amusing accents for your new home are unlimited. Start collecting at decorumfurniture.com or call 757.623.3100

THE ART OF FLOWERS

Fresh flowers set the stage for your wedding. No matter the size or budget, Jeff ’s Flowers of Course design consultants will create memorable floral decor for your dream day. Specializing in custom designed bouquets and floral arrangements, these hand-crafted designs are the blooming accessories that reflect the color and theme of your day. To book a personal consultation call 757.930.8515 or go to jeffsflowers.com

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GET UP TO SPEED WITH THE LATEST FROM THE AREA’S LEADING VENDORS STORY BY REBECCA TOPPING

THE PERFECT PLACE

Just minutes from the oceanfront, the Double Tree by Hilton can be your event space and wedding headquarters. With spacious guest rooms, a fitness center and full service restaurant, your guests will be afforded all the amenities of home.  The recently renovated event space features an elegant Grand Ballroom that can comfortably accommodate up to 700 guests. Boasting stylish modern features, the space can be arranged in multiple event layouts. Tour the space at 757.422.8900 or visit doubletree3hilton.com

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

Bringing the fun and the funk to weddings from Richmond to Virginia Beach, Colonial DJ’s will keep your guests boogie-ing all night long. These entertainment specialists know how to energize your guests and keep the party going. Beyond the music and entertainment, they offer lighting and photo booth rentals. Call for a free consultation at 757.517.2691 or visit colonialdjs.com

CLASSIC STYLE

With the spotlight on him, today’s groom and his men can have that iconic look at Ames Tuxedo’s. These formal wear experts will assist in choosing the best tuxedos from all the latest styles, trends and colors. With rental options and tuxedo purchase available, they offer prices that won’t break the bank. Find your distinct style by calling 757.825.3335 or visit amestuxedos.com.


CREATE INSIDE THE BOX

The Traveling Photo Booth allows you to create a visual guest book that captures favorite people at your wedding event. Guests get creative and are entertained with an experience that keeps them coming back for more.   With state of the art  equipment and unrivaled image size and quality, you  and your guests receive priceless photos to treasure forever.  Check out thetravelingphotobooth.com and snap up this instant art or call 757.395.4900

CULINARY CREATIVITY

LIGHT IT UP

Transform your event space from the ordinary to the extraordinary. With Illuminations Innovations, you can create unique lighting designs from warm ambiance of soft candlelight and custom monogram on the dance floor; to colorful dramatic uplighting. Let experts transform and illuminate your venue space and amp up your event at 757.483.3948 or visit illuminationsinnovations.com

Picking a company that fulfills your culinary vision may seem daunting but with the team at Mosaic Catering, guests will remember your menu. This one-stop caterer offers healthy, eclectic, world cuisine designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes. Featuring delicious seasonal menus and fresh ingredients, they will deliver excellent food and flawless service for bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Schedule a tasting experience at Mosaic Catering in Suffolk. Call 757.538.5090 or visit mosaiccateringevents.com

LUXE LOCATION

With a new location in the Palace Shops in Ghent, Serendip carries the best in home emporium, including original art, lighting, tabletop accents and unique décor. In business for over 14 years, this beloved boutique offers splendid bridal registry options, complimentary gift wrap and local delivery. Explore their gift lines and register at serendiplimited.com or call 757.624.3920

TURN YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY

Thoughtful planning and design defines this bridal planning studio. Bridal Dish Williamsburg, now in its new location inside CakeAlicious Design Studio, offers a variety of service levels for every budget, guiding you towards the right vendors on the Peninsula. Wedding planning experts will help your day unfold exactly as planned. Get the dish on all things wedding by calling Kelly at 757.291.5369 or visit thebridaldishwilliamsburg.com

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‘Love’ bag, $45 ‘XOXO’ bag $69. The Gift Shop at Decorum

Silver Mariposa trays $39-96. 18th Century Merchant

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“Welcome Y’all” Pillow Wraps, $13. 18th Century Merchant

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Juliska “Congratulations” tray $39. 18th Century Merchant

So much to say, so many fun ways to say it.

Slate and wood Susquehanna boards $30-36. 18th Century Merchant

“Happily Ever After” pillow $132. The Gift Shop at Decorum

“The Wedding Boss”candle by Chick Lit $44. The Full Cup

Tie Breakers tokens $24. The Gift Shop at Decorum

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adored

Pint glass $16. Shot set $44. The Gift Shop at Decorum

Bow tie $59.50. Socks $12.50. Nordstrom MacArthur Center

Wood accessories $52.50-128 by Switchwood. The Gift Shop at Decorum

mad men

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“Best Intentions” flask $41. “Salut” flask $36. The Gift Shop at Decorum

Woodford Reserve mixers $12-22. Table Seven

From barware to what to wear, we’ve got guys covered.

Striped boxers by Saxx $32. The Full Cup

Correspondence cards $25. set. Table Seven

Ice bucket by Michael Wainwright $225. 18th Century Merchant vowbride.com 29


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The Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront has a location for every wedding occasion. From romantic beach weddings and grand receptions in the region’s most elegant oceanfront ballroom, to bridal parties at our rooftop bar and infinity pool — you imagine the possibilities and we’ll take care of the rest.

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Let us be your first stop to you in your wedding planning journey!

Complimentary Wedding Planning Studio Contact Kelly Coronel at 757.291.5369 Email: TheBridalDishWilliamsburg@gmail.com www.thebridaldishwilliamsburg.com Located within Casey Blvd.Foundation Williamsburg, Virginia 23188 (757)291-5369 Located “The Inspired4268 Bride” Street I Williamsburg, VA 23188 inside CakeAlicious I 5560

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sheer DELIGHT THE LOVE OF T R A N S PA R E N CY AND SHEER ILLUSION MAKES FOR A SOFT ROMANTIC LOOK AS LACE, ORGANZA AND TIERS OF TULLE REIGN SUPREME.

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SILK FIL COUPE ‘LOUVRE’ BALL GOWN WITH DRAPED BODICE, SATIN ROSE DETAIL AND CUSTOM OFF THE SHOULDER STRAPS $8,600. BY AUSTIN SCARLETT. ‘NEVERLAND’ VEIL WITH FLORAL LACE APPLIQUÉS $1,395. PARIS BY DEBRA MORELAND. FEATHER AND CRYSTAL FLORAL HEADPIECES $85 EACH BY J-PICONE. ALL FROM PURE ENGLISH COUTURE BRIDAL, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON.

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BELLA AND PRIMROSE LACE POINT D’ESPRIT TRUMPET ‘LONDON’ GOWN WITH LACE TRIM, BATEAU NECKLINE AND LOW V SHAPED BACK $2,650. BY AMY KUSCHEL. ‘VERA’ SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL DOUBLE HEADBAND $220. BY SARA GABRIEL. THREE STONE DROP SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL EARRINGS $288. BY ERIN COLE. ALL FROM ANNALISE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE, RICHMOND.

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FRENCH CHANTILLY LACE ‘CALISTA’, GOWN WITH BATEAU NECKLINE, PEARL EMBELLISHED WAIST AND LAYERED ENGLISH NET SKIRT $2,099. BY THEIA. LIGHT GOLD VEIL WITH IVORY LACE TRIM $209. HEADBAND WITH PEARL AND CRYSTAL ENCRUSTED FLORAL AND LEAF DETAIL $169. BY GISELLE BRIDALS. GOLD AND CRYSTAL WATERFALL EARRINGS $40. BY BLING! GRAY PEARL CLUTCH WITH CRYSTAL CLASP $100. ALL FROM ALL THE RAGE VB/STUDIO I DO BRIDALS.

LONG SLEEVED, ROSEWATER HUED ‘REMINGTON’ GOWN WITH LAYERED ENGLISH NET SKIRT, ILLUSION FLORAL BEADED BODICE, BATEAU NECKLINE AND DRAMATIC OPEN BACK $3,860. BY HAYLEY PAIGE. SATIN HAIR RIBBON WITH EMBELLISHED SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL AND IVORY BEAD DETAIL ‘FREYA’ $283. BY SARA GABRIEL. CRYSTAL LINK AND PAVE CIRCLE DROP EARRINGS $288. BY ERIN COLE. ALL FROM ANNALISE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE, RICHMOND

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GLIMMER TULLE AND ENGLISH NET ‘SADIE’ BALL GOWN WITH PAISLEY ALENCON LACE, PEARL AND CRYSTAL EMBELLISHED BODICE $3,995. BY MATTHEW CHRISTOPHER. EMBELLISHED CRYSTAL ORGANZA BELT $260. BY PALOMA BLANCA. PEARL AND ENAMEL FLORAL HAIR COMB $140. CURVED CRYSTAL DROP EARRINGS WITH PEAR SHAPED STONE $125. BOTH BY BLING! ALL FROM PRIVEE BRIDE OF GHENT, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON.

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TULLE SHEATH V-NECK GOWN WITH SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL EMBELLISHED WAISTBAND AND INTRICATE BEADED EMBROIDERY AT BACK $1,390. BY MAGGIE SOTTERO FROM MAYA COUTURE, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. PAINTED ENAMEL AND SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL EMBELLISHED ‘WEE WILLIE WINKIE’ WREATH $495. PARIS BY DEBRA MORELAND FROM PURE ENGLISH COUTURE BRIDAL, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. TRIPLE STONE DROP EARRINGS WITH CHAIN LINK DETAIL $147. BY BLING! FROM MAYA COUTURE, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON.

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GOLD EMBROIDERED SCALLOPED BODICE WITH A PLUNGING NECKLINE, CRYSTAL WAISTBAND AND LAYERED TULLE SKIRT BALL GOWN $1,499. BY MADISON JAMES. GOLD EMBELLISHED LACE VEIL WITH CRYSTAL SCALLOPED EDGE $409. GOLD CRYSTAL DANGLE EARRINGS $40. BLING! ALL FROM ALL THE RAGE VB/STUDIO I DO BRIDALS.

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‘MONCEAU’ BALLGOWN OF SILK ORGANZA OVERLAY WITH ALENCON LACE DETAIL $6,240. BY ANNE BARGE. ‘SWEETHEART’ CATHEDRAL VEIL WITH HAND-PAINTED FLORAL DETAILS $570. GOLD AND ENAMEL DROP EARRINGS $280. BOTH BY PARIS BY DEBRA MORELAND. ALL FROM PURE ENGLISH COUTURE BRIDAL, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON.

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credits FASHION STYLING AND COORDINATION Kim Wadsworth | Wadsworth Style kimwadsworth.com FASHION AND STYLE ASSISTANT Sara Busby PHOTOGRAPHY Grant & Deb Photographers | grantanddeb.com PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT Katie Mitchell MAKEUP Sarah Rillon | The Makeup School by Sarah Rillon themakeupschoolsr.com HAIR Kechelle Luong | The Makeup School by Sarah Rillon themakeupschoolsr.com FABRICS Kelly Coronel | Inspired Events by Kelly LOCATION Our thanks to Lin Miller and assistant Michelle Mahoney of Nancy Chandler Associates for the use of this Norfolk downtown loft. For outstanding property listings and inquiries for buying or selling a home, contact Lin Miller @757.288.6516 or email office@linmiller.com

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Honeymoon Swoon PHOTOGRAPHY BY ELEISE THEUER FASHION COORDINATION + TEXT BY KIM WADSWORTH | WADSWORTH STYLE STYLING + PROPS BY PRISCILLA HUGO

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ACROSS HER PEEK-A-BOO COVER UP WITH CROCHET TRIM $99. BY LA BLANCA. WHITE BANDEAU TOP $105. VITAMIN A BY AMAHLIA STEVENS. WHITE CREPE SHORTS $25. BECCA BY REBECCA VIRTUE. ALL FROM NORDSTROM MACARTHUR CENTER. BAROQUE PEARL NECKLACE $432. BITTERSWEET DESIGNS FROM SERENDIP. HIS CLASSIC BLUE AND WHITE STRIPED SHIRT $125. BY PETER MILLAR. WHITE ‘GENO’ DENIM JEAN $178. BY TRUE RELIGION BRAND JEANS. BOTH FROM NORDSTROM MACARTHUR CENTER. MIRRORED LENS ‘CLUB MASTER’ SUNGLASSES $140. BY RAY-BAN FROM DILLARD’S MACARTHUR CENTER. DOWN ROMANTIC MULTI-PRINT ‘CARLENE DRESS’ $182. BY FRANK LYMAN. GEOMETRIC BRASS CUFFS $58 EACH. BOTH FROM MEGS SWIMWEAR.

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TWO-PIECE FUCHSIA BATHING SUIT WITH BUSTIER TOP $45. AND CUTOUT BOTTOMS $35. BOTH BY BILLABONG. MIRRORED LENS SUNGLASSES $22. WHITE CROCHET COVER UP WITH HOOD $122. BY ALLISON SHERI. ALL FROM MEGS SWIMWEAR. GOLD DRAPE NECKLACE WITH FUCHSIA PENDANT $80. BY KENDRA SCOTT. GOLD HOOP EARRINGS $60. BY GORJANA. BOTH FROM NORDSTROM MACARTHUR CENTER. HIS HAWAIIAN FLORAL SWIM SHORTS $24. FROM H&M MACARTHUR CENTER. MIRRORED LENS SUNGLASSES ‘CLUB MASTER’ $140. BY RAYBAN FROM DILLARD’S MACARTHUR CENTER.

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BLACK CROCHET ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT $138. BY ROBIN PICCONE. BRASS CUFFS $58 EACH. ALL FROM MEGS SWIMWEAR. HE WEARS A WHITE CREW NECK SHIRT $59. BY ROBERT BARAKETT. SLEEK WHITE ‘GENO’ DENIM JEANS $178. BY TRUE RELIGION BRAND JEANS. GRADIENT LENS AVIATOR SUNGLASSES $160. BY RAY-BAN. ALL FROM NORDSTROM MACARTHUR CENTER.

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BELOW PAISLEY PRINT TWO-PIECE SWIMSUIT. TOP $39. BOTTOM $39. BY BILLABONG. GOLD WITH WHITE ENAMEL BANGLES $22 EACH. BOTH FROM MEGS SWIMWEAR. FLOWERS FROM NORFOLK WHOLESALE FLORAL.

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ABOVE MODERN MULTI-COLORED ‘KASI’ SHEATH DRESS $160. BY VOLT DESIGN. GOLD SANDALS $97. BY ONEX. BOTH FROM MEGS SWIMWEAR. SUNGLASSES $495. BY FENDI. BANGLES $130-$155. BY ALEXIS BITTAR. GOLD HOOP EARRINGS $60. BY GORJANA. ALL ACCESSORIES FROM NORDSTROM MACARTHUR CENTER.

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ABOVE BLACK “LEDA” TWO PIECE SUIT $210. BY PRISCILLA HUGO PRISCILLALYNCH.COM BELOW BLUE “OLYMPIA” TWO-PIECE SUIT $320. BY PRISCILLA HUGO PRISCILLALYNCH.COM BOTH PHOTOS BY CAMILLA D’ALFONSO

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LOCATION Our heartfelt thanks to Bill + Suzanne Gooch for the use of their seaside home.


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Finding undergarments that are sexy, luxurious and offer ample support can easily be repurposed for a boudoir shoot that becomes a secret surprise.

DELICATE IVORY LACE PUSH-UP BUSTIER $69. BY VA BIEN. IVORY LACE BRIEF $33. BY ROSA FAIA. BOTH FROM THE FULL CUP | LA PROMENADE. EMBELLISHED VEIL $200. BY SARA GABRIEL FROM PRIVEE BRIDE OF GHENT, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. PEARL AND GOLD LARIAT NECKLACE $152. FROM MY SECRET GARDEN VA.

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LIMITED EDITION HANDMADE FLORAL BUSTIER $275. BY ATELIER VA BIEN. EMERALD FULL LACE BRIEF $58. BY ARPEGE. BOTH FROM THE FULL CUP. GREEN GEM EARRINGS $42. STONE BRACELET $31. BOTH FROM MY SECRET GARDEN VA. DETAILS. MONGOLIA LAMB STOOL $229. POTTERY BARN MACARTHUR CENTER.

It’s Only Fitting FASHION STYLING AND STORY BY KIM WADSWORTH PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIE VIOLET PHOTOGRAPHY

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omen desperately seeking a strapless bra to meet the criteria of today’s formal necklines and body-hugging fit feel the challenge. Bridal and bridesmaid gowns feature plunging and unique décolletés that demand support. Adhesive and foam inserts work for only a few silhouettes. Finding something to hold it all together is, in the words of bra fitting expert Frederika (Freddy) Zappe (who recently spoke at The Full Cup in Virginia Beach,) “the bane of our existence.” According to Freddy, “it’s all about the fit.” Period. Getting fitted by an expert (The Full Cup has fitters on staff) is the answer and it has to be exact. Freddy suggests getting this

done before the first gown fitting so that brides arrive ready for their gown measurements. She notes that finding a strapless bra with a wide band, a snug fit around the ribcage running parallel to the floor is the first hurdle. Secondly, the underwire needs to sit behind the breast tissue and not on the ribcage. Lastly, the front section should touch the center of skin. Finding undergarments that are sexy, luxurious and offer ample support can easily be repurposed, along with a few other lingerie accessories, for a boudoir shoot that becomes a secret surprise album gifted to your groom the night before the wedding. Only he will know what lies beneath. vowbride.com 55


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DELICATE WASH $19. WOOL & CASHMERE SHAMPOO $19. TRAVEL CREASE RELEASE $8. TRAVEL STAIN SOLUTION $8. ALL BY THE LAUNDRESS FROM THE FULL CUP | LA PROMENADE BLACK BRA $67. CRIMSON AND BLACK LACE BRIEF $34. BY ELEMI FROM THE FULL CUP | LA PROMENADE. VINTAGE SHEER COAT WITH LEATHERETTE DETAIL (NFS STYLIST’S GARMENT.) BLACK GEMSTONE AND CRYSTAL NECKLACE AND EARRING SET $126. FROM MY SECRET GARDEN VA. LACE MOTIF MASK $10. FROM CHARLOTTE RUSSE MACARTHUR CENTER.

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PHOTOGRAPHY MARIE VIOLET PHOTOGRAPHY | MARIEVIOLETPHOTOGRAPHY.COM FASHION COORDINATION AND STYLING KIM WADSWORTH | KIM WADSWORTH FOR BRIDESMADE MAKEUP AND HAIR KECHELLE LUONG | THE MAKEUP SCHOOL BY SARAH RILLON MODEL GINA HARRIS DOG MODEL PEARL

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROSS COSTANZA PHOTOGRAPHY FASHION STYLING AND CONCEPT COORDINATION BY MIA BYRD OF PROWESS CREATIVE CONSULTING

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With slight-of-hand ease, brides are changing up their wedding day look to suit the mood of the day. Ceremony sophistication transforms into reception night glam with a quick switch of alluring details.

UP FOR A FUN AND FLIRTY TRANSFORMATION, THIS DETACHABLE SILK MIKADO OVERSKIRT WITH BOW IS THE PERFECT ACCENT FOR A CLASSIC PRONOVIAS GOWN WITH TULLE EMBROIDERED LACE BATEAU NECKLINE AND CAMISOLE BODICE WITH SHEER OVERLAY AND OPEN BACK DETAIL $3,089. FROM PURE ENGLISH COUTURE BRIDAL, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. PEAR-SHAPED CRYSTAL DROP EARRING WITH PEARL DETAIL $122. BY BLING! FROM MAYA COUTURE, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. PEONY, ROSE AND LISIANTHUS FLORAL BOUQUET AND BERRY, HERB AND SUCCULENT WREATH DESIGNED BY LASTING IMPRESSIONS FLORIST.

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UP CONTEMPORARY NICOLE MILLER GOWN IN LUXURIOUS STRETCH SILK WITH LOW OPEN BACK AND BEADED CRISS-CROSS STRAPS $1,200. PAIRS WITH LUXURIOUS LA SPOSA FAUX FUR “ESTOLA” STOLE WITH SATIN RIBBON TIE $200. GOLD CRYSTAL CHANDELIER EARRINGS $154. MY SECRET GARDEN VA. ALL FROM MAYA COUTURE, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. DOWN TWOBUTTON NAVY SUPER FRAMED NOTCH LAPEL TUXEDO $189-230. (RENTAL ONLY) BY JOSEPH ABBOUD FROM MEN’S WEARHOUSE MACARTHUR CENTER. RANUNCULUS BOUTONNIÈRE BY LASTING IMPRESSIONS FLORIST.

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classic ceremony UP ERIN COLE’S DELICATE AND ROMANTIC LACE COVERLET $1,530. TRANSFORMS THIS IVORY DUPIONI AND TULLE FIT-TO-FLARE “RIVER” BRIDAL GOWN $1,825. WITH SCULPTED ELONGATED BODICE AND TIERED TULLE AND HORSEHAIR SKIRT. BLUSH BY HAYLEY PAIGE. DOWN POST-CEREMONY, REMOVE THE COVERLET AND “TIA” VEIL $215. BY SARA GABRIEL AND DRESS IT UP WITH A BEADED CRYSTAL “CARLY” SASH $195. BY AMANDA JUDGE. ALL FROM ANNALISE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE, RICHMOND. PEONY, ROSE AND SUCCULENT WREATH BY LASTING IMPRESSIONS FLORIST.

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NEAR ADORNING ADDITIONS ARE AN ABSOLUTE WITH HAYLEY PAIGE’S ETHEREAL BLUSH ORGANZA BALL GOWN WITH ARCHITECTURAL DRAPED BODICE, STRAPLESS SWEETHEART NECKLINE, AND FULL SKIRT WITH FRONT SLIT $2,760. FAR ADD AN ALABASTER AND SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL DETACHABLE BOLERO $1,890. BY HALYLEY PAIGE TO TRANSFORM IT INTO A MAGICAL GOWN FOR YOUR ENCHANTING EVENING. BOTH FROM PURE ENGLISH COUTURE BRIDAL, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. GARDEN ROSE AND SUCCULENT BOUQUET DESIGNED BY LASTING IMPRESSIONS FLORIST.

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moments before TOP KITTY CHEN’S “GRACE KELLY” BALL GOWN WITH ORGANZA SKIRT AND BEADED BODICE INCLUDING DETACHABLE BEADED SHAWL JACKET $2,000. ALLOWS FOR A SWIFT AND SEAMLESS TRANSFORMATION BETWEEN THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION. PEARL AND CRYSTAL CLUSTER EARRINGS $18. BOTH FROM ALL THE RAGE VB/ STUDIO I DO BRIDALS. ALL WHITE GARDEN ROSE, CALLA, RANUNCULUS AND FREESIA BOUQUET BY LASTING IMPRESSIONS FLORIST. BOTTOM TIMELESS TWO-BUTTON TUXEDO $189-230. BY VERA WANG (RENTAL OR AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE, PRICE UPON REQUEST) FROM MEN’S WEARHOUSE MACARTHUR CENTER.

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DOWN BOHEMIAN FEATHERED FLOURISH ADDS RECEPTION WHIMSY TO THIS SOFT AND ELEGANT AISLE STYLE. MAGGIE SOTTERO SATIN SLIP DRESS WITH EMBELLISHED WAISTBAND AND VINTAGE SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL-EMBELLISHED LACE AND TULLE OVERLAY $1,140. GETS PAIRED WITH CRYSTAL BEADED BELT (SHOWN AS HEADBAND) $240. PEAR-SHAPED CRYSTAL DROP EARRING WITH PEARL DETAIL $122. BY BLING! ALL FROM MAYA COUTURE, A HOUSE OF MAYA BRIDAL SALON. “FEATHER FALLS” OSTRICH FEATHER PEPLUM BELT WITH GLASS AND STONE DETAILS $100, FROM ANTHROPOLOGIE.COM.

credits PHOTOGRAPHY Ross + Jessica Costanza | Ross Costanza Photography FASHION STYLING AND COORDINATION Mia Byrd of Prowess Creative Consulting FASHION + STYLE CONCEPT Kim Wadsworth of BridesMade STYLE ASSISTANT TO MIA BYRD Holly Rae Johnson HAIR DESIGN Tamra Hollowell for Tamra Hollowell Salon MAKEUP Erika “Elle” Girard for Tamra Hollowell Salon FLORAL DESIGN Lasting Impressions Florist MODELS Morgan Wessels | Wright Agency; Brett McAnney | freelance LOCATION Our thanks to Lin Miller and assistant Michelle Mahoney of Nancy Chandler Associates for the use of this stunning Norfolk residence. For outstanding property listings and inquiries for buying or selling a home, contact Lin Miller @757.288.6516 or email office@linmiller.com

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Once the groundwork is set- gown, venue and the perfect date- brides actively seek a beauty vision for their wedding day look. At a preliminary consultation, some request a naturally beautiful “still me” face; while others insist on a glamorous “transformational” look. As a makeup artist to brides for 20 years, I always encourage brides to embrace a “timeless” look and allow the natural radiance of the day to get their “glow on.” Makeup artists for our Faces of Vow weigh in on some of their bridal favorites for the ultimate wedding day face. - Kim Wadsworth MAC Prep + Prime $22. La Mer Lip Balm $55. Pillowcase $60. Both from Nordstrom MacArthur Center. Eye Patch $25. Both available at CCH Collection Richmond CCHcollection.com.

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“This is a classic bridal look where drama in the eyes was created with a subtle application of soft shadows, liner definition, flair lashes applied on the outer eye where needed, and lots of mascara. Defined brows frame the face. Always begin with moisturizer and primer; then foundation, concealer, powder and Urban Decay setting spray. Waterproof liner and mascara are a wedding day must. When your groom is looking into your eyes, you want the focus to be on the beauty within them.”

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DAVID SCHWARTZ PHOTOGRAPHY

VANIA O’SHEA | KIM WADSWORTH FOR BRIDESMADE


SARAH RILLON

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer $30. Nordstrom MacArthur Center.

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“To create an alluring and dramatic shape to her eyes, I used Lorac’s liquid liner to create a fine line above and below, blending it with brown eye shadow to create a precise smudged liner. I did strobing on her skin with shimmering MAC Soft and Gentle powder. I kept the lip very neutral, defining the shape and filling in with soft neutral color and gloss. The trick to a soft-focus finish? Use Cover Effects Custom Infusion drops mixed with the foundation. When you’re going for a more dramatic look, the intention should be to look like an enhanced version of yourself. You still want to look like you!”

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“Bridal makeup is about keeping it romantic and simple. For a perfect canvas, start with Dermalogica Hydra Blur primer followed by Glo liquid mineral makeup to allow natural beauty to shine while giving perfect coverage all day. My favorite go-to is Demi-Wispies strip lashes to amp up the eye. Brides need to soak in the beauty of the day, be one with your groom and know that you’re beautiful because the professionals have taken care of you.”

Chanel Ultra Wear Lip Color $36. MAC Blot Powder $26. Both available at Nordstrom MacArthur Center.

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Love Letters BY KIM WADSWORTH

PHOTOGRAPHY BY HARRY GERWIEN

Wedding day themes come and go; but a reoccurring ritual is penning the perfect love letter to your betrothed. This exchange, accompanying a personally chosen token of love, is delivered to the bride and groom by the maid of honor and best man. It formally marks the beginning of a lifetime together and represents the perfect moment to declare your love and speak from the heart. Let it be yet another moment to have and to hold.

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Pearl strand of 7.5mm 18� fresh water with 14K clasp $750. The Precious Gem. Stationery. Jacobson Fine Paper & Gifts.

Wine collector favorite Opus One 2011 Mondavi de/Rothchild $250. Yanni Wine Shop. Monogrammed bone wine opener $60. Table Seven. Stationery. Jacobson Fine Paper & Gifts.

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PROS IN THE KNOW

THE COMMUNITY OF TALENT SERVING THE WEDDING INDUSTRY THROUGHOUT THE REGION IS STRONGER THAN EVER. SOME OF THE BEST ARE WEIGHING IN ON WEDDING PROTOCOL AND REDEFINING WHAT’S IN STORE FOR COUPLES TYING THE KNOT.

THE RENTAL MASTER BILL CABELL, PRESIDENT | DISTINCTIVE EVENT RENTALS DISTINCTIVEEVENTRENTALS.COM

Q} Outfitting a venue is a lot like creating a movie set. What should couples consider first? A} Is the space a reflection of you both and your style? Is it realistic for the type of event and the amount of people you want to have? Better to have a stunning event for 100 people than a not-so-memorable event for 200. Q} Do you subscribe to the ‘Less is More’ or ‘More is More’ for decor? A} Often the money you spend on one “must have” element could be used to bring in a number of other dynamic details that might make more of an impact. Q} From a cost standpoint, what is less expensive– renting a venue space or having a wedding at your family home “en plein air?” A} Renting a venue space is normally less. The tradeoff is that you’re showcasing an already experienced location vs. a never- been-seen one. At home you can start the transformation process days in advance. In a rented space, everything must be installed the day of. Q} What are your favorite elements– chairs, linens, chandeliers, tableware– to take the look of a wedding up a notch? A} Full length linens make all the difference! Pretty chairs change a room and make a statement. The best way to make an ugly ceiling go away is re-light the room. Q} What is your favorite Southern wedding ‘look’? A} Choose a look that’s a natural reflection of you both and not something that’s currently trending on Pinterest.

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Q} When planning a reception menu, what are some details and ideas couples should bring to you? A} We consider the reception location, season and their vision of service style (seated formal or casual.) For those unsure about food choices, we ask about their favorite restaurants and what they order on a special night out. Q} Plated, buffet or stations– do you have a preference? A} While buffet and plated meals will always be a mainstay, stations are far more enticing. They encourage movement, excitement and visual interest to the meal. Q} How has the palate of today’s couple changed? A} Couples are making the traditional sophisticated by taking a new look at traditions of the past and putting a fresh millennial spin on it. They want to know where their food comes from, what trendy cocktails can each course be paired with and how to accommodate food allergies and vegetarian requests. Q} What are some of the most requested entrees being served? A} The entrees that have not been seen at their friend’s wedding! Couples are looking for the next trendy food experience in fusion, presentation, and local fair. Q} What are some signature items that make Montero’s so unique? A} While we are an All-American style restaurant, our chefs are talented in a wide variety of regional cuisines and we listen to our client’s feedback vowbride.com 75


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Q} What’s the vibe most couples are looking for at their reception? A} Couples want a classy cocktail hour and dinner followed by a non-cheesy party. Ultimately, they’re looking for an energetic vibe. Q} What type of wedding is the most challenging? A} Daytime weddings where a couple doesn’t enjoy dancing. Guests generally do what the bride and groom do. Q} What are the optimal venue dynamics that make the difference for a DJ? A} A small room with a large group is always better than a large room with a small group. Put the bar where you want your guests to spend most of their time. The dance floor in the middle surrounded by guests with the DJ beside the dance floor (not tucked away in a corner) works best.  Q} How do you guide couples to choose the best playlist? A} Ultimately it’s their day and their decision but we suggest that they keep both their musical tastes as well as their guests, in mind.  Q} Where do you get inspiration to stay on top of the latest tunes? A} iTunes, Remix Websites, TV commercials, Spotify and Sirius

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Q} What’s one of the most requested First Dance songs in the last 5 years? A} “All Of Me” by John Legend and “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

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w o r ko u t wonders STORY BY MIA BYRD

Whether you have six weeks or six

months until the big day, it’s never

too late (or early) to build your body confidence and start getting in

shape. We chatted with some fitness fanatics– two who are recently wed

and one newly engaged–who turned their wedding day “gown goals” into lifestyles and careers.

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WHITNEY FULTON LEE

MARRIED 06.28.14 | OWNER OF SUP BARRE, VIRGINIA BEACH

Whitney was already teaching barre, practicing yoga and running when she became engaged. She began doing one small exercise on the stand up paddle board and found that barre exercises are even more effective on a SUP board than in the studio.


DEANNA MORTON

PERSONAL TRAINER PREPPING FOR HER 05.14.16 WEDDING

Since her career encourages personal fitness, her workout regimen was already established, but her dream dress pushed her to step up her daily workout routines and focus areas.

ERIN BURTON WINN

DAVID SCHWARTZ

MARRIED 08.01.15 | PURE BARRE FANATIC

Erin became a Pure Barre fan when her dedicated gym routine wasn’t producing the wedding day results. What started as a “gown goal” became a necessary part of Erin’s lifestyle. When she returned from her honeymoon and daily life resumed, she found Pure Barre was the stress relief she craved.

Q| What was it about your gown that prompted you to focus on specific areas of the body? WHITNEY: “My dress was a form fitting, mermaid style so I needed to be toned everywhere. I definitely wanted the dress to be a flattering fit, not revealing or tight.” ERIN: “I decided I needed to tone my body once I tried on my gown in November 2014. It was sleeveless, fitted, and had a low back.” DEANNA: “When I found the ‘perfect’ dress, I immediately started thinking of areas that could use some work. With a strapless dress, I think brides are more concerned with the arms and chest muscles, whereas a backless dress will require more back and gluteal (butt) work.”

so that meant a toned core and obliques. SUP Barre accomplished all three goals.”

dieting; I simply substituted more vegetables instead of rice or pasta.”

EBW: “I knew that I wanted to tone my arms, stomach and back. When I researched Pure Barre online, it was EXACTLY what I was looking for: toning plus there was a studio 5 minutes from my place!”

DM: “My fiance can eat whatever he wants without gaining any weight. I have been more mindful of what I eat. Clean and lean is my motto.”

DM: “I have noticed some visual changes in my back, which was the easy part; the hard part is my triceps. I think gravity has a thing or two to do with that! My energy levels have surged which gets me through that afternoon slump.” Q| Did you alter your eating habits to reach your “gown goals” faster?

Q| What areas of the body were you focused on and did you see the results you hoped for?

WFL: “I didn’t change my diet since I typically eat clean during the week. You can enjoy everything with moderation and portion control.”

WFL: “The only thing I intentionally started incorporating more was core and waist line exercises. I wanted the dress to fit the right way,

EBW: “I started seeing results after my first month which inspired me to change my diet for the first time ever. I didn’t do any crazy

Q| What advice do you have for brides looking to get in shape for the big day? WFL: “Do exercises that you enjoy and that work for you. Your engagement is a happy time to celebrate and exercising should be something that you are doing for yourself so that you feel great on your wedding day. You deserve it.” EBW: “Eat healthy, get plenty of rest and join Pure Barre at least three months before the big day.” DM: “My advice is Diet!!! Exercise alone will not achieve the desired look for everyone. Make it fun and remember exercising will help during the stressful parts of planning.” vowbride.com 89


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